Pickleball America will become one of the largest indoor pickleball venues in the world as it takes over an 80,000 square foot anchor space in the Stamford Town Center mall this summer.
Pickleball America is moving into the former two-story Saks Off 5th retail space at 140 Atlantic Street in the heart of downtown Stamford.
Pickleball America plans to roll out 28 courts in two phases – Phase 1 will begin immediately with the first floor (43,000sf), with the second floor (37,000sf) opening in the coming months.
The business was created by four local Stamford professionals who joined forces to launch a “Sports-tainment” center focused on the fastest growing sport in the world.
According to a recent report from the Association of Pickleball Professionals, more than 36.5 million people played pickleball at least once from August 2021 to August 2022.
“Stamford will now be a nationwide destination as a result of this exciting new downtown Pickleball venue,” said Loren Nadres, Director of Economic Development, City of Stamford in a release.
In addition to Pickleball, the venue will become a multi-use flex space for tournaments, exhibitions, live music and events.
“Sports-tainment, a sports-first experience appeals to not only avid players but to people who may want to try something new,” said Jay Waldner, Co-Founder, adding, “We are hoping to inspire and encourage the community to join a healthy and fun form of socializing.”
Pickleball America’s mission is to unite all levels of players and to create a facility for all skill levels to enjoy sports, not just the enthusiasts.
“We are thrilled to be the catalyst that fosters growth in Stamford, by building a larger player community like Pickleball America,” said Jay Ross, Co-Founder.
Pickleball America will house 28 indoor pickleball courts, have lockers, showers, a lounge, café and area for childcare.
The venue is partnering with a number of professional associations, leagues, and clubs, as well as the USA Pickleball Ambassadors and Coaches in the tri-state area to offer private and group instruction, facilitate league play, and will be open 7 days per week to accommodate all desired hours of play for kids to seniors.
“We’ve been focused on health and wellness, and Pickleball America works perfectly with that strategy, especially in this large format as an anchor,” said Alexander Yaraghi, owner of Stamford Town Center. “Since purchasing the mall in 2020, it has been our goal to create a community-driven entertainment destination that serves Fairfield County and beyond.” Pickleball America plans to open late Spring. People may sign up for membership and subscribe to receive more information now at www.pickleballamerica.us
Pickleball America is a privately held company and one of the largest indoor pickleball venues in the World. The company will operate 28-indoor pickleball courts and provide a flexible 80,000 SF multipurpose space for tournaments, exhibitions, and special events. PBA is the largest venue in lower Fairfield County, CT and its mission is to provide a place for Sportstainment, to welcome all ages and skills to enjoy a healthy active lifestyle. The company is community-driven and committed to providing the highest quality of programs, services, and experiences. www.pickleballamerica.us and follow @pickleballamerica on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
ABOUT STAMFORD TOWN CENTER
Stamford Town Center features nearly 100 distinct contemporary stores including Barnes & Noble, Macy’s, Footlocker, Vans, and XXI Forever. A beloved fixture of the community, the shopping center’s pedestrian-friendly restaurant plaza features an assortment of fine dining, fast-casual eateries, and entertainment venues such as The Capital Grille, Peter Chang, Pieology, Puerto Vallarta, Terra Gaucha, and The New York Comedy Club. For a complete list of stores, restaurants, hours of operation, and promotions, visit www.shopstamfordtowncenter.com